Press Release

16 August 2014

President Zuma arrives in Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe, for the 34th Ordinary SADC Summit of Heads of State and Government

His Excellency President Jacob Zuma has today arrived in Victoria Falls, Republic of Zimbabwe, where he will lead the South African delegation at the 34th Ordinary Southern African Development Community (SADC) Summit of Heads of State and Government, scheduled for 17-18 August 2014.

The theme of the 2014 Summit is: “SADC Strategy for Economic Transformation: Leveraging the Region’s Diverse Resources for Sustainable Economic and Social Development through Beneficiation and Value Addition.”

The Republic of Zimbabwe is the new Chair of SADC, taking over from the Republic of Malawi during this SADC Summit in Victoria Falls.

During the Summit, the SADC leaders will deliberate amongst others, on socio-economic issues that affect the region. In addition, the SADC leaders will also consider the report on the review of the Regional Indicative Strategic Development Plan (RISDP).  The RISDP is a comprehensive development and implementation framework guiding the Regional Integration agenda of SADC over a period of fifteen years.

SADC is also defining a new development blueprint that is expected to shape the region’s integration agenda until 2050.  In this regard, the SADC Vision 2050 will also be discussed. The SADC Vision 2050 aims to provide a framework for a long-term vision for SADC as the region seeks to position itself in a context of emerging global and continental issues.

President Zuma is accompanied by Ms Maite Nkoana-Mashabane, Minister of International Relations and Cooperation; Dr Rob Davies, Minister of Trade and Industry; Mr David Mahlobo, Minister of State Security; and Mr Nhlanhla Nene, Minister of Finance.

For more information, please contact Mr Clayson Monyela, spokesperson for DIRCO on 082 884 5974.

ISSUED BY THE DEPARTMENT OF INTERNATIONAL RELATIONS AND COOPERATION

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